TTT = Tiffany’s Tokyo Trip! Hello all!! I’m finally posting some ‘real’ photos from my trip to Tokyo a couple weeks ago. I’m very sorry that I didn’t really get anywhere with that last post, but thank you for being patient with me. =) So here is my first official full day in Tokyo, since we got there during the evening the day before and that doesn’t really count! Anyway our plan for the day was going to the Ghibli Museum and also seeing the Roppongi district.
It was our first experience with taking the train around and it was relatively simple to figure out! Everyone I talked to about the transit system made it seem so tricky! It also helps that there was three of us because there was always one of us that knew where they were going. The Ghibli Museum is located in the Mitaka district and it was only a short 20 minute train ride to get there. From the Mitaka station it was about a 15 minute walk to get to the museum. We had to walk through a nice park/forest area to get to there and along the way there were signs telling you how much further it was!
Studio Ghibli is responsible for bringing you many wonderful animated films such as ‘My Neighbor Totoro’, ‘Princess Mononoke’, ‘Spirited Away’ and most recently ‘Ponyo’. I have yet to see Ponyo, but I highly recommend the other ones if you haven’t seen them yet!
Outside of the museum. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take photos inside the museum but it was so amazing inside. It was really cool to see the initial sketches for many the movies. My favorite was the strobe light figurine animation thing! Hard to describe exactly what it was like..you should just go see it for yourself! The whole museum was quite an inspiring experience.
This is the ticket they give you when you go in! It features different film clips from Studio Ghibli movies (not sure what movie mine is from though, does anyone know?). With the ticket you can watch an exclusive short animation that is only shown at the museum! We watched a really cute animation about a lost puppy and it’s little girl owner.
A street in Mitaka where we had lunch and explored after the museum. Can you spot where we had lunch?? Hint golden arches! hahah
Yep our first meal in Tokyo was McDonalds.. one of us had a Teriyaki Chicken burger, another got the Spicy Crispy Chicken and I was boring and got a McChicken! The chicken was a little bit different than home though! Less processed maybe?? Hmmm
After lunch we explored a little bit and we found a store that sold all sorts of snacks and candy. We all bought some treats (I’ll find the picture of the candy later) and then went back to our hotel to drop off our goodies and get ready for Roppongi later.
The 30 ft high spider sculpture aka “Maman” at Roppongi Hills. It’s by artist ‘Louise Bourgeois’ and there are several similar bronze casts of the spider located around the world.
After exploring the area we saw an ad for a Sky Aquarium. We thought that sounded cool so we went over to the Mori Tower to check it out! We ended up getting a three in one package that cost 2000 yen. The ticket included access to the Mori Art Musuem, Tokyo City View and the Sky Aquarium. Totally unplanned but it turned out to be awesome!
We decided to see the art museum first. There was an art exhibition that featured works from Beijing artist, Ai Wei Wei. He was the artistic consultant in designing the Bird’s Nest stadium for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
I picked up some little trinkets by artist ‘Takashi Murakami’ from the gift shop. He has collaborated with Louis Vuitton for the superflat monogram series and also with Kanye West for Kanye’s “Graduation” album art. I just love the smiley flower! I almost got a big pillow version, but alas settled for the small one.
Super cute animation by Murakami for Louis Vuitton.
Once we were finished in the Sky Aquarium, we left Mori Tower and discovered this going on outside!
Some sort of festival thing and there was food! After doing some research I found out it was the “Bon Odori Festival” that weekend! We were there on Friday so there was only food, however if we were to go on Saturday or Sunday there are live performances on the stage.
That’s all for Day 1, coming up for the next post is the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Ginza and Odaiba! Hope you’re enjoying reading about my trip so far! Don’t forget to leave a comment! Thanks =)